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Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

    Joseph Michael       2014 SUROP Group

The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University (KSU) gives undergraduates from under-represented groups a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study. Participation in a program such as SUROP provides a first-hand look at the process and excitement of discovery through research and such experience is viewed favorably by the admissions committees for graduate and professional schools.

Students participating in the SUROP will spend nine weeks during the summer at K-State working closely with faculty members as part of their research teams. Faculty members have on-going scholarly programs that continue through the summer. Students are expected to spend about 40 hours per week working with their research teams and to be contributing members of this group. By the end of the 9-week period, students should have produced tangible results from experimental research and will report the results in a special research forum.

Participants will also attend weekly seminars to learn more about the graduate school experience and are strongly encouraged to attend other events and activities organized by the SUROP coordinators.

The program for summer 2017 begins on May 30, 2017 and concludes on Friday, July 28, 2017. Selected participants are expected to arrive to Kansas State University May 28 or 29.

Stipend and Financial Support

The Kansas State University Graduate School provides participants with a stipend of $4,500 paid in three installments. In addition, the program pays travel expenses (up to $300) and residence hall room and board. The student is expected to pay for personal expenses from the stipend amount.

Participating Departments for Summer 2017

This list may be updated throughout the Fall 2016 semester.

Click on the departments below to view lists of faculty members available to serve as mentors and to learn more about their work. 

Anatomy & Physiology
Masaaki Tamura
Peying Fong
Jeffrey Comer
Zhoumeng Lin
Robert DeLong


Carlos Castellanos (see Interdisciplinary section below)


Thomas Platt
Brad Olson
Loretta Johnson
Nicholas Wallace
Jocelyn McDonald
Anna Zinovyeva
Govid Vediyappan
Alice Boyle

Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kathrin Schrick

Christopher Culbertson
Ryan Rafferty
Takashi Ito

Computer Science

William Hsu (see Interdisciplinary section below)

Karin Westman

Mark Crosby
Katy Karlin
Cameron Leader- Picone
Lisa Tatonetti


Melanie Derby

Family Studies and Human Services
Amber Vennum

Horticulture, Forestry, & Recreation Services
C.B. Rajashekar

Human Ecology
Michelle Toews

Psychological Sciences
Donald Saucier
Kimberly Kirkpatrick

Interdisciplinary Research

Art/Computer Information Sciences

Carlos Castellanos (Art) and William Hsu (Computer Science) are available to co-mentor a student with computer science or engineering background on an interdisciplinary project.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants should have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, be majoring in a field listed above or a related field, and have a career goal that includes graduate-level education.
  • Students should have at least sophomore standing and must be enrolled in at least one semester of undergraduate study upon completion of participating in SUROP.
  • Non-KSU applicants will be given prior consideration.
  • Applicants must be available for the entire time period of the program. 
Application Procedure

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2017 program. Screening of complete applications will begin on February 1, 2017 and will continue until positions have been filled.

To apply for participation in SUROP

  • Complete the SUROP application form - You will be required to upload the following materials within the application. These materials should be submitted as PDF files saved with your last name as the file name. 
    • Submit a brief statement of purpose (approximately 1-2 pages double spaced) that includes academic and career goals, research interests, and explains why you desire to participate in SUROP. It is also beneficial to identify one or more K-State faculty members with whom you would be interested in working and explain why you would like to work with them (see available faculty members in the list of participating departments above). Save your personal statement as a PDF file with your last name (e.g. Martens.PersonalStatement.PDF) and upload it in the online application form.
    • Save a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) as a PDF file with your last name (e.g., Martens.CV.PDF) and upload it in the online application form. 
  • Request TWO FACULTY MEMBERS at your home institution to submit letters of recommendation supporting your application to SUROP. Recommendation letter may be faxed to 785-532-2983 or sent as an email attachment to gdschgra@ksu.edu. If they choose to submit letters by email, please ask your letter writers to save their letters as a PDF file and save with your last name (e.g. Martens.Letter.PDF).
  • You must submit transcripts of all undergraduate work, including grades for Fall 2016. If you have attended multiple colleges or universities, submit transcripts from each institution. Unofficial transcripts are allowed for the application and should be uploaded as a PDF file labeled with your last name (e.g., Martens.Transcript.PDF). However, upon admittance to the program, you will be required to submit official transcripts. If your institution has the ability to send your official transcript electronically, please ask that they email it to gdschgra@ksu.edu. If transcripts can be sent only in hard copy form, please ask that they be mailed to:

The Graduate School-SUROP
Kansas State University
103 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103

(Please be sure to include "SUROP" in the mailing address.)

Questions regarding the application procedure and requirements may be sent to gdschgra@ksu.edu, or the SUROP coordinators may be contacted by phone at 785-532-6191.

Previous SUROP participants